Ever secretly fantasized about becoming a Detective, having watched James Bond and Sherlock Holmes do it? Let me tell you if you think it is as fancy as that, you are mistaken. Being a detective is a very risky job. More-so-ever it isn’t really a distinguished stand alone profession by Government of India. That’s the reason why there aren’t many institutes providing these courses. But that doesn’t mean you cannot become one.
- The Indore Christian College
- The National Institute of Private Investigation
These are the only two institutes in India where you can pursue this course. Also, there are a few Agencies in India where you can train to become a private detective. Such detectives are allowed to operate only in the non-Government sector and must stay clear of investigation in the state affairs.
After completing your training you can join any Detective Agency as a private detective. Qualification required is 10+2 or any equivalent qualifying examination. The pay package varies according to the job assignment and how much risk it involves.
Another way to pursue this profession is by joining the police forces. Eventually, the best performing officers are absorbed into the criminal investigation.
Also, you could consider joining IB (Intelligence Bureau) or R. A. W. (Research and Analysis Wing) which is the primary foreign intelligence agency of India. You can join IB directly by appearing for UPSC examination in IB. Whereas for R. A. W, the recruitment process is carried out secretively. Many times it is said that there is no open recruitment for R. A. W. So it’s difficult to be able to say exactly about the same. R. A. W doesn’t only need intelligence officers but they also need linguists, stenographers, accountants, computer hackers etc. Many times they advertise for the same in the name of cabinet secretariat. R. A. W hires people from IPS, IFS and IRS cadres later in their career on the basis of their performance as a bureaucrat. Many say that the qualifying the test National Aptitude test in Intelligence (NATI) is what is required for recruitment. Also recently R. A. W has started a new service cadre called Research and Analysis Service to carry out recruitments.
There are many versions and theories for the same. Nobody can say for sure. But the R. A. W is most commonly referred to by the tagline “You don’t choose them; they choose you”